01_Angels Are Spiritual Creatures

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This series probes what the Bible, the Catechism, Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and contemporary exorcists reveal about angels, their relationship to God, one another, and the human race. Episode 1 explores what it means to say angels are “spiritual and incorporeal beings” and the extraordinary powers and abilities they employ in their tasks.  

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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)


O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

Have you ever experienced angelic visitation or intervention? How do you know? If you’ve never said “hello” to your guardian angel, do so now, since he is with you this very moment.

What more do you want to know about angels? You might ask the Holy Spirit, directly, to teach you what you want to know throughout this series.  

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E | Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Holy Archangels, pray for us. All you Holy Angels, pray for us. Angel of God, guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen. +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes

John of Damascus, An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Book II Chapters 3-4

Catholic Encyclopedia, Angels


Minutes 00:00-12:00 –  The Catechism and Catholic Encyclopedia as the structural context for our exploration of angels; what the Catechism says about angels

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Biblical languages and their nuances for the word “angel;” messengers of God; when the angels were created; Genesis 1

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – John of Damascus on angels 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – St. Thomas Aquinas on the angels’ nature; what it means that they are “spiritual” and “incorporeal,” or bodiless 


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